Insecurity costs jobs in parts of Namibia

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- More than 200 employees have lost their jobs from business closures in the past 12 months in Namibia's Caprivi and Kavango regionsdue to instability in the regions.
Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) said in its third quarterly economic review presented Monday that the two regions had come under attacks by Angola's UNITA rebels since 1999, after Namibia decided to offer logistic support to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA).
The Caprivi region has also yet to recover from an August 1999 attack by the so-called "Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA).
The Economic Review said the current military escort by the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) for travellers between Bagani and Kongola was being seen by some residents as an obstacle.
It said the socio-economic impact of business closures and subsequent job losses was against government's efforts to alleviate poverty and unemployment.
The report, however, said the situation could improve with the lifting of a travel warning to German citizens by the German Embassy in Windhoek, and the current direct flights to Lianshulu lodge by Air Namibia.

23 july 2001 19:11:00

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